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Capitalism Is Changing Our Language

Researchers at UCLA put 1.5 million English-language books into a tool that catalogs phrase usage and found that “over the last 200 years there has been an ever-increasing use of particularly acquisitive words: ‘get’, ‘unique’, ‘individual’, ‘self’, ‘choose’; while over the same period ‘give’ and ‘obliged’ decreased,” Owen Hatherley writes at The Guardian.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Pope Says He Won’t ‘Judge’ Gay Priests

Pope Francis on Monday overturned ages of vocal tradition by saying that he would not “judge” gay priests for their sexual orientation. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis said, according to media reports.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



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A Crisis Economy of Language

With the world economy still wallowing in crisis and social services being cut across poor and rich nations alike, it’s not surprising that the winner of Merriam-Webster’s annual “Top Ten Words of the Year” for 2010 is … austerity.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 READ MORE


Palin Says Refudiate Appears in Fictionary

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin defended her use of the word refudiate, telling her critics, “Look it up in the fictionary.” While claiming that refudiate is a real word, she reserved her right to make up new words in the future.

Posted on Jul 25, 2010 READ MORE


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George Carlin on Words, War and Power

While YouTube teems with clips from the extensive career of the late, great George Carlin, it would be impossible to capture the full scope of his comic genius. Having said that, here are a few highlights.

Posted on Jun 24, 2008 READ MORE


With Luck, They’ll Die With the Old Year

Lake Superior State University has recommended the banishment of 16 words and phrases from the English language, including “Brangelina” and “ask your doctor.”  The annual list targets expressions that are irritating, overused or generally ill-applied.

Posted on Dec 31, 2006 READ MORE


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Stephen Colbert on Bush’s ‘Words’

Stephen Colbert satirically lauds Bush’s attempts to make his words speak louder than his actions (i.e. nonexistent WMDs become, in Bush’s mouth, “weapons of mass destruction related program activities”).

Posted on Jun 21, 2006 READ MORE


Iran Threatens U.S. With ‘Harm and Pain’

Tehran ratchets up the war of words with the U.S. over American-led action to bring Iran before the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions against its nuclear program.
We’re being threatened by the country Bush didn’t invade and whose surrogates we put in power in Iraq.

Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


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